Allen foils Spartans’ jab at glory
All the hype about all the young talent on both teams? Oh, it’s real and legitimate. Unfortunately for Michigan State, the reality of Duke senior sharp-shooter Grayson Allen is just as legitimate.
If this was an appetizer for the college basketball season, yes, we’ll take more please. The No. 1 Blue Devils had too much rebounding and too much Allen and pulled away for an 88-81 victory Tuesday night in the Champions Classic. The No. 2 Spartans flashed their immense potential, led by freshman Jaren Jackson Jr., but naturally, it was the oldest guy on the floor who took over.
Allen scored a career-high 37 points, but when he wasn’t firing up one of his seven three-pointers, the Spartans hung tough. Not quite tough enough, which surely will grate on Tom Izzo, who now is 1-11 against Mike Krzyzewski.
We saw all the elements that make the Spartans so tantalizing, as Jackson, Miles Bridges and Nick Ward